Environment and Urbanization

Keep up to date with key themes with this world leading environmental and urban studies journal, which has 10,000 subscribers and 350,000 full text downloads a year.


Recent front covers of Environment & Urbanization

Environment & Urbanization (E&U) provides researchers, NGO staff and professionals with the chance to write about their work, present their ideas and debate on issues.

It promotes the work of French, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking authors by arranging for the translation of their work into English. It is one of the few journals on Africa, Asia and Latin America where a majority of the authors come from these regions.

Each issue is distributed to more than 8,000 universities, teaching institutions, NGOs and individuals in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as to over 1,500 subscribers in high-income nations. It had a five-year impact factor of 1.515.

With issues published twice a year since 1989, Environment & Urbanization is one of the most widely read and distributed journals in its field. Its popularity is helped by its low price, the free subscriptions available to NGOs and teaching/training institutions in the South who find it difficult to obtain foreign exchange (with support from Sida and UK Aid from the UK government), and an active advisory board (most of whom are from NGOs and research institutes in Africa, Asia and Latin America).

Each issue has a special theme and includes:

  • Up to 14 papers on that theme
  • Profiles of innovative civil society organisations and their work
  • Papers on climate change (since 2007)

What’s the story?

There are plenty of ways to keep up to date, including:

  • Book Notes: summaries of new books, research reports and newsletters, and how these can be obtained (including those in Spanish, French and Portuguese)
  • E&U Briefs: policy-relevant summaries for all issues, and
  • E&U USB flash drives: E&U papers for all but the two most recent years and all IIED working papers on urban issues.

As part of our commitment to learning from our partners, Environment & Urbanization regularly publishes papers that profile the work of local organisations.

For more information, including how to subscribe, submit papers, and access E&U on social media, visit www.environmentandurbanization.org.


David Satterthwaite (david.satterthwaite@iied.org), editor; senior fellow, Human Settlements
Christine Ro (christine.ro@iied.org), managing editor